NFL Preview: Chargers Edition



It’s been a while but we’re back in action and previewing the newest team to bolt to Los Angeles, the LA Chargers.


The Chargers are an enigma. They started last season very poorly and then rebounded nicely to finish the season, although they did still have a top ten pick in the draft. The Chargers saw Melvin Gordon finally take over their backfield and man did he do a nice job in rebounding from a poor rookie season in 2015. The Bolts defense also looks like it will be a young, energetic unit going forward, they’ve added a ton of really nice pieces especially in the secondary.


Although they added to it in the draft, the Chargers offensive line was awful a year ago. Protecting your franchise quarterback, Philip Rivers, has to be the ultimate goal for the Chargers if they are going to compete in 2017. Another weakness, although really no one’s fault, is the injury plague that has surrounded the Chargers for the last few years. Star wide receiver Keenan Allen missed all of last season and seeing as he is one of Rivers’ go to targets, he has to remain healthy especially with the team having added Clemson star wide out Mike Williams in the draft.

Players To Look Out For:

First, I want to see if running back Melvin Gordon can continue from his success a year ago. If he does, it should take a lot of heat from Rivers and the passing game. Another player I’m eager to see in that some regard is defensive end Joey Bosa. He missed all of training camp a year ago due to a contract hold out, but then came in and really made his presence felt. If he can transcend from that this season, the Bolts will be strong on both sides of the ball.

Bottom Line:
The Chargers have to stay healthy if they are going to compete in 2017. They also need to protect Philip Rivers a heck of a lot better if they’re even going to want to remain in games. In a division that has stingy defenses and streaky offenses, the Chargers do have the roster and playmakers to keep up, its just now about adjusting to a new offensive scheme as well as staying healthy.


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